The Biggest Fyre Festival Flops
Coming for Coachella‘s crown as the reigning champ of music festivals, Fyre Fest, which was founded by rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland, welcomed its opening weekend yesterday and couldn’t even put up a fight, or a fist for that matter. Many have been calling the over-promised, under-delivered “luxury music festival” a total disaster and it’s only been one day—their last, too. Fyre Fest was publicized as “two transformative weekends” on a “remote and private island in the Exumas,” (which is just the Bahamas, without having to say it). Guests who were willing to pay the hefty price tag (ranging from $1,500 to $12,000) were to get there by way of private jet, as advertised to them by the promotional video posted by influencers, including Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski.
What all sounded too good to be true in the videos turned out to be just that. In hindsight, one must ask, should it even be surprising that a world in which Bella Hadid skips along the beach of a secluded island doesn’t actually exist? Arguably the biggest catfish in history, Fyre has proven testament to the fact that not everything you see on social media is authentic. Take this moment to learn from their mistake(s). Existential questions aside, it’s very clear now that the advertisements and promotions used to market the supposedly life-changing festival were just extensive lies used to lure in customers. And for some reason, promises of swimming with pigs on an island once owned by Pablo Escobar proved effective to Fyre’s target audience of millionaire millennials, though we’re not entirely sure how those were selling points.
Since there seems to be too many to count, we’ve gathered the worst Fyre Fest flops in a list below, alongside the promotional video that is just straight up comical at this point.
— Tahnee (@itstahnee) April 28, 2017
Let’s get straight to the point: the private jets didn’t exist. The organizers instead chartered regular commercial planes that departed from Miami International and LaGuardia airports (not even JFK). It doesn’t stop there, though. Many of the flights, filled with hopeful festival-goers, didn’t even take off. According to a video on Twitter, the authority on a plane announced that the organizers didn’t want any more guests coming. Turns out, the lucky ones weren’t the guests who made it to the island, but the ones whose flights were cancelled. Yeah, hell broke loose before anybody even got there.
“Private & Remote Island”
So Fyre Fest is a complete disaster. Mass chaos. No organization. No one knows where to go. There are no villas, just a disaster tent city. pic.twitter.com/1lSWtnk7cA
— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 27, 2017
As it turns out, this, too was a big fat lie. The island in which the festival took place on, which is neither private nor remote, is actually shared with a Sandals resort. Sources from the company disclosed that their original intention was to purchase a private island, but upon realizing that it was structurally impossible for one to host a music festival, they moved it next to the luxury couples resort. Nice.
— Lamaan (@LamaanGallal) April 28, 2017
The guests’ expected beach glam-ping in luxurious tents turned out to be straight up disaster relief camping. The high-end amenities advertised to the public were nowhere to be found, and unfortunately, neither were accessible food or water. From the outside looking in, this is starting to look like a potential new spin-off series for Lost.
“The best in food, music, art and adventure”
— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017
The photo speaks for itself. Need we say more?
Below, a recently released statement by the Fyre Festival team:
Fyre Festival set out to provide a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience on the Islands of the Exumas.
Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests. At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get everyone off of Great Exuma and home safely as quickly as we can. We ask that guests currently on-island do not make their own arrangements to get to the airport as we are coordinating those plans. We are working to place everyone on complimentary charters back to Miami today; this process has commenced and the safety and comfort of our guests is our top priority.
The festival is being postponed until we can further assess if and when we are able to create the high quality experience we envisioned.
We ask for everyone’s patience and cooperation during this difficult time as we work as quickly and safely as we can to remedy this unforeseeable situation. We will continue to provide regular updates via email to our guests and via our official social media channels as they become available.
-The Fyre Festival Team
Images and video via Twitter and Youtube
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